Lokpal logjam

The Supreme Court’s push for the early appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre to check corruption in high places and its rejection of the Central government’s stand that the delay was due to the absence of a leader of the opposition, who ought to be part of the selection committee, is reasonable and apt. It has indeed left no room for ambiguity by asserting that the appointment of a

Local national

The resounding victory of the BJP in the municipal elections in Delhi reflects as much the personal triumph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the widespread disillusionment of the voter with Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal whose negative tactics of blaming all his failures on others has boomeranged on him. Having given a sweeping mandate to AAP two years ago in the Assembly elections largely on a pledge of

Naxal menace unabated

The Naxal policy of the Narendra Modi government, which has been essentially status quoist, has abjectly failed as did the policy of the erstwhile Congress government towards these outlaws. With 26 Central Reserve Paramilitary Force jawans being killed in an ambush by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday the toll this month has gone up to an unprecedented 72 security personnel, the worst in the past seven years. The deadliest month

Time to act tough

As many as 25 CRPF personnel were killed in an attack by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district Monday. On 11 March, 12 paramilitary personnel were killed by the Naxals in the same district. Home Minister Rajnath Singh was right in directing acting chief of the CRPF and a top security officer to stay put in Chhattisgarh to ensure coordinated targeted operations against the Naxals. The Home Minister’s directive came

Tongue twisters

Tamil Nadu Opposition leader and DMK heir-apparent M K Stalin has done well to bring up the issue of Hindi imposition as he accused the Centre of trying to relegate people who don’t speak Hindi to second-class citizens and of pushing the country into becoming ‘Hindia’. His diatribe cannot be dismissed lightly. His warning that efforts at imposing Hindi and Sanskrit in many forms have started to disturb peace and damage

Drifting in Kashmir

The alliance between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir has doubtlessly run into rough weather in the wake of the continuing spate of violence in the Kashmir valley. While the Mehbooba Mufti government has failed to contain the open hostility of agitators in which anti-India elements both from across the border and from within are interspersed, politically the two parties are increasingly drifting apart.

May's June test

Every time there is a comparison drawn between British Prime Minister Theresa May and a former woman premier ‘Iron lady’ Margaret Thatcher it ends up in the argument that the former is an unelected incumbent while Thatcher had been through the rough and tumble of elections and competitive politics. By announcing a snap poll for 8 June, Theresa May will, among other things, get over that handicap if she wins,

Target VIP culture

It is praiseworthy that the Central government has decided to abolish the use of red beacons on any vehicle other than ambulances, police vehicles and fire brigade vehicles. What is particularly heartening is that there would be no exceptions and that the new rule would cover all dignitaries including the Prime Minister. The violations invariably happen when exceptions are allowed to be made. Rule 108 which says that the Centre

Talaq tales

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has toned down its hard line defence of triple talaq in the wake of the Modi government’s determination to go ahead with outlawing it and the apparent pressure from within the Muslim community. At its latest meeting in Lucknow, it said instant triple talaq is ‘wrong’ but qualified this by saying as a concession to hardliners that it is still a valid

Adapt & survive

A US immigration visa that allows American companies to hire highly skilled foreign workers, in case US workers are not available for specialised jobs, is now being tweaked. President Donald Trump has acted on his electoral promises to target the H-1B visas, which have been widely used by Indian technical workers to work in the US. It will not be an exaggeration to say that this visa has been the

Korean kerfuffle

There is no mistaking the fact that the North Korean standoff with the US poses a danger to peace in the world of a serious magnitude. For once China was on the mark when it warned on Friday that tensions on the Korean Peninsula could spin out of control, as North Korea said it could test a nuclear weapon at any time and a US naval group neared the peninsula.